Shambhala is a mystical kingdom as well as the only pure land on this earth. Shaped like a giant lotus having eight petals, it is surrounded by rings of snowy mountain ranges and is shielded from the outside world because of its geographical location and by supernatural forces. Its inhabitants are born there because of pure karma and they live according to high moral precepts.
Being the inhabitants of the only pure land in this turbulent world, they lead a highly evolved spiritual life free of suffering and strife. They practise the highest tantric teachings of the Buddha – such as the Kalachakra. The kingdom is ruled by a succession of rulers called the Kulika Kings. We are now in the reign of the 21st Kulika King (AD1927 - )
During the reign of the 25th Kulika King (AD 2327-), the world that we know of will be conquered by an evil conqueror. Having subjugated the entire world he will discover the existence of Shambhala and will attempt to conquer it.
The Kulika King Rudra Cakrin "Wrathful one with the Wheel" will then amass a great army and vanquish the evil conqueror and his allies in the final great battle of this world (AD 2425).
The victory will herald in a golden age of perfection for mankind lasting a thousand years during which the spiritual practice of Vajrayana Buddhism especially that of the Kalachakra will lead many to liberation and enlightenment.
VISION OF SHAMBHALA
On the occasion of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s giving of the Kalachakra initiation in New York 1991, Khamtrul Rinpoche gave the following account of his visionary dream of Shambhala in a public talk. The talk was translated by Lotsawa Tenzin Dorjee.